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4th INTERNATIONAL

URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL
RIO DE JANEIRO
4ª edição do Urânio em Movi(e)mento
May 14th to 25th, 2014
MAM
Modern Art Museum
Cinemateca
Yellow Oscar Winners
Festival website
www.uraniumfilmfestival.org

Press Release: 4th International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2014
And the Yellow Oscar Winners are...
Rio de Janeiro’s 4th International Uranium Film Festival awarded 13 films from 11 countries:
Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Turkey, UK and Ukraine.
Five films received the Yellow Oscar and eight films a Special Recognition.
“After 4 years, after organizing International Uranium Film festivals in 3 continents and 5 countries,
I have to confess: It’s not easy to make a film festival like ours. A film festival about an issue that
most of the people prefer to ignore. Nuclear power, atomic bombs, people suffering from cancer,
uranium 235, U 236, U 238, Cesium 137... The nuclear issue is very technical, sometimes ugly and
sometimes hidden by officials and nuclear industry”, said festival director Norbert G. Suchanek at
the Museum of Modern Art Cinema opening the Award Ceremony. Suchanek: “For that it is also
not easy to make films about that issue too. Not everyone involved in the nuclear business or
people affected want to speak openly about it.
In addition it’s a huge challenge to film
something that you cannot see, hear or smell,
something that has no color, no taste and even
no sound, but something that still can kill you or
can hurt your next generation, something like
radioactivity. Nuclear filmmakers sometimes risk
their lives or their careers to do what they have
to do. And the Uranium Film Festival has the
duty to honor these filmmakers and their work
with the Yellow Oscar Award and a special
recognition.”
Norbert G. Suchanek: “We believe in our filmmakers! And they believe in us! Together we grow!
Together we sail against all waves and winds. Together we win.”
Foto: Ian Thomas Ash - Cinemateque Modern Art Museum Rio de Janeiro
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And the Yellow Oscar 2014 winners are:
CATEGORY
ANIMATED FILM After All - Director Bogna Kowalczyk, Poland, 2013, 5 min,
Animation
CATEGORY
SHORT DOCUMENTARY Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium - Director Joachim
Tschirner, Germany, 2010/2014, 35 min, documentary, English
CATEGORY LATIN AMERICAN
SHORT DOCUMENTARY 11:02 de 1945 Retratos de Nagasaki - Director Roberto
Fernández, Brazil/Argentina, 2014, 31 min, documentary,
Japanese, Portuguese subtitles.
CATEGORY FEATURE
DOCUMENTARY Fukushame. The Lost Japan - Director Alessandro Tesei, Italy,
2013, 64 min, documentary, Italy, English subtitles
CATEGORY
MOVIE Final Picture - Director Michael von Hohenberg, Germany, 2013,
92 min, Fiction, English subtitles
SPECIAL RECOGNITION A2-B-C - Director Ian Thomas Ash, Japan, 2013, 71 min,
documentary, Japanese & English, English subtitles

Eternal Tears - Director Kseniya Simonova,
Ukraine, 2011, 11 min, Animation
Fallout - Director Lawrence Johnston, Australia, 2013, 86 min,
DocFiction, English

The Nuclear Boy Scout - Director Bindu Mathur, UK, 2003,
24min, documentary, English, Portuguese subtitles.

Inheritance - Director Margaret Cox, UK, 2013, 10 min,
documentary, English
Wake Up - Director David Bradbury, Australia, 2011, 12 min,
documentary, English

Nuclear Winter - Directors: Megan Taite, Jefferson Tolentino,
Erwin Bonifacio, Robert Mullally, Shane Donohue, Jack Travers e
Eimhin McNamara (director supervisor), Ireland, 2012, 5 min,
Animation, no dialogue.
The Cloud Has Passed Over Us (Üstümüzden Geçti Bulut) -
Director Ya!ar Arif Karagülle, Turkey, 2012, 15 min, Fiction, English
subtitles
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Yellow Oscar 2014 Winner
After All
Director Bogna Kowalczyk, Poland, 2013, 5
min, Animation, no dialogue - The story of
an art perform ace when the vision of
performer hardy miss match with the vision
of an audience.
"After All is the best animated film of the
Uranium Film Festival 2014. The film by
Bogna Kowalczyk shows us through the
metaphor striptease the hazards of
radioactivity and nuclear power. The short film is produced digitally, a simple 2D vector animation
and uses few colors. The script here is more important than the technique of animation. The scene
in which the stripper takes off her own skin, her flesh and her bones shocked. It is a mood for a
few, but manages to reach the spectator and so it is the winner”, Leo Ribeiro, Brazilian Professor
and animation Filmmaker. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/82677826
Yellow Oscar 2014 Winner
11:02 de 1945 Retratos de Nagasaki
Director Roberto Fernández, Brazil/Argentina,
2014, 31 min, documentary, Japanese,
Portuguese subtitles, World Premiere
It happened on August 9th in 1945. It is 11:02
o clock in the morning. The U.S.A dropped an
atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki. Tens of
thousands of civilians died a horror full death.
Some survived. And some of these survivors -
called Hibakusha - came to live in Brazil.
Roberto Fernández tells their stories.
The Argentinian filmmaker lives since 2007 in São Paulo,
Brazil, in close relationship with the A-Bomb survivors.
With the "Yellow Oscar" the Uranium Film Festival wants
to honor Roberto Fernandez who dedicated his work for
years to rescue the voice of the Hibakusha, the memory
of the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki in São
Paulo, Brazil. It is an extremely difficult and sensible
tasks. Because it is hard for the survivors to remember
and to talk. It is hard and sorrowful to bring back the
pain of the horrors experienced. Roberto was able to
recover these memories in his films with delicacy and
respect for the atomic bomb survivors, a valuable rescue. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/93386543
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Yellow Oscar 2014 Winner
Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind
Uranium (short version)
Director Joachim Tschirner, Germany,
2010/2014, 35 min (Short version),
documentary, English
A film about Germany‘s secret uranium
mine „Wismut“ and the in the worlds
first try to clean-up the toxic and
radioactive legacy of an uranium mine.
The Uranium Mining and the production of Yellow Cake is the first link in the chain of nuclear
development. It has managed again and again to keep itself out of the public eye. A web of
propaganda, disinformation and lies covers its sixty-five-year history. The third largest uranium
mine in the world was located in the East German provinces of Saxony and Thuringia. Operating
until the Reunification, it had the code name WISMUT - German for bismuth, though it supplied
the Soviet Union exclusively with Yellow Cake. The film accompanies for several years the biggest
clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining.
"Good camera, impressive images, great sound and a current subject that is important for all
countries with uranium mining operations and unsecured uranium mines like Brazil, USA, Portugal,
Australia, Russia, India, Canada and many others. Right now people and environmental
organizations for example in USA campaigning for the clean-up of the toxic and radioactive legacy
of their uranium mines. And the short film “Yellow Cake: The dirt behind uranium” is a film they
have to watch and will never forget. Because it shows the in the world first try to clean-up the
deadly, toxic and radioactive legacy of the third biggest uranium mine in the world, the Wismut in
East Germany, that produced in secrecy for dozens of years the Yellow Cake for Soviet Unions
atomic bombs." Uranium Film Festival
Director‘s note - YELLOW CAKE is the result of a
project, which began in 2002. The World Uranium
Hearing took place more than a decade ago. The
declaration of this hearing became the essential
meaning of my film: “Radioactivity knows nothing
of cultural differences or political boundaries. And
in a mutated world poisoned by deadly
radioactivity, it will no longer be of importance
whether we separate our garbage, drive fewer
cars, use phosphate free detergent, or plant a
tree. Nor will it matter if we spend our time trying
to save the elephants. Whatever action we would
take at that point would be superfluous and devoid of meaning. That’s why the end of the atomic
age must begin with the first link in the chain of nuclear production – The Uranium Mining.” During
my research I have experienced that despite its explosive nature, uranium mining seldom makes it
into public awareness. The film "Yellow Cake" is my reaction to this unacceptable situation. For me
it was quite clear that unbiased, well researched information about uranium mining is absolutely
necessary. http://www.yellowcake-derfilm.de/index.php?id=209
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Yellow Oscar 2014 Winner
Fukushame. The Lost Japan
Director Alessandro Tesei, Italy, 2013,
64 min, documentary, Italian, English
subtitles
A travel both into the “No Go Zone” of
Fukushima and in Japanese people’s
feelings and believes after the reaction
to nuclear disaster. March 11, 2011:
Japan was struck by one of the most
violent earthquakes ever recorded then
proceeded by a Tsunami. Waves
exceeded every security barrier and
damaged Fukushima’s Central Nuclear
Power Plant provoking huge amounts of radioactive particles throughout Japan. A restricted area
with a 20 km diameter, the No-Go Zone, was immediately evacuated and declared an off-limits
territory. Seven months after the disaster photographer Alessandro Tesei succeeded in entering
the forbidden area. Fukushame has gathered images from Tesei’s trip, numerous interviews of both
common people and politicians and special contributions of scientific explanations of great
significance. Trailer https://vimeo.com/73935463
“The documentary Fukushame is an excellent fresh journalistic coverage of the Fukushima
accident. The Italian video reporter was one of the first foreigners to enter the forbidden around
the nuclear power plant and had access to an interview of former premier Naoto Kan. Fukushame
explains in detail the nuclear accident, the melt down of the Fukushima reactor and shows that
those responsible must be ashamed.” Uranium Film Festival
Director‘s note - I'm very proud to be in
the official selection of this festival. I' d like
to show people the madness of nuclear
energy and the lie of its "civil use". I was
one of the first western videomakers
sneaked inside the forbidden area around
the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant,
only six months after accident. I remember
the fear in my heart that became higher
every time the geiger counter showed a
radiation increase, and I remember the
loneliness of the evacuated people and
the dramatic situation of the families,
splitted in different parts, due to the
incapacity of the japanese government to find a solution. Now the situation is even worse,
because years has passed and the memory of the people is weak. The government has reopened
a huge section of the no go zone and with the lies of the decontamination process is forcing the
people to came back there; most of them have only this choice, because they lose everything and
have no money, so the disaster is still going on. We must talk continuously about that and don't
forget the innocent victims of this dirty game, called nuclear energy.
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Yellow Oscar 2014 Winner
Final Picture
Director Michael von Hohenberg, Germany,
2013, 92 min, Fiction, German, English subtitles
Leading Actor Hubert Burczek, Sound designer
Klaus Pfreundner
Atomic War! What will happen in a small town
in the middle of Germany? People enter the
bunkers. But there is space only for a few. The
movie is a project by the “Jugendfilmprojekte
Oberfranken”. It was shot in original bunkers in
the Bavarian region Oberfranken with many young people, shooting their first professional movie.
“In the past century there have been produced very good movies about nuclear power and its
risks”, says Uranium Film Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek. “For example the great movie The
China Syndrome with the stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas. The China
Syndrome was about the melt down of a nuclear power plant like Fukushima and was produced
one year after the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in 1978. Another successful atomic film was
The Day After, produced in 1983, showing the terrible effects of a nuclear war. A movie that scared
generations, but could not stop the construction of thousands of nuclear war heads in USA, China,
Russia, UK, France, Pakistan, Israel or India. Nuclear war is still a real danger! But in the contrary
nuclear fiction movies are very rare now in these days. For that we are glad that the Uranium Film
Festival received Final Picture. A movie that follows the
huge Hollywood footsteps of The Day After. Michael
von Hohenberg directed a film team of dozens of
young people and a few professionals. The result is
simple a good movie about Nuclear War and what will
happen in a Franconian village in central Germany. The
Uranium Film Festival honors the Final Picture, his
director, his film team, leading actor Hubert Burczek
(photo) and sound designer Klaus Pfreundner with a
Yellow Oscar. Final Picture is an example for other film
schools and young film teams. http://
www.jugendfilmprojekte.de/projekte/final-picture/
index.php
Director‘s note - Final Picture is a movie, haunted in
my head since years. I could not understand why
human beings do need weapons like an atomic bomb. 2012 I started to write the screenplay to
“Final Picture”. It was written in three weeks and the shooting was planed completely in four
months. I collected 15.000 Euro. That had to be enough for the project. We shot our movie in
nearly two weeks in original locations. Many people said “This is historic from cold war. Nobody
wants to see a movie like this.”, but after the first screening they changed their mind. Also world
politics changed since our shooting. Newspapers all over Europe titled “The world again is afraid
of an atomic war”. Now the people say “This movie is food for thought about atomic bombs and
what could happen.
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SPECIAL RECOGNITION
A2-B-C
Director Ian Thomas Ash, Japan, 2013, 71 min,
documentary, Japanese & English, English
subtitles

The award-winning film A2-B-C is named for the
different stages of growth of thyroid cells from
harmless cysts to cancer. Many children in
Fukushima were never evacuated after the
nuclear meltdown on March 11, 2011. Now the
number of Fukushima children found to have
thyroid cysts and nodules is increasing. What will this mean for their future? „There is no way for us
to escape from this fear.We're not only worried about external radiation exposure, but also about
internal exposure. So we're testing all the food.“ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=ZD9yGONdEUY
Marcia Gomes de Oliveira, executive director of the Uranium Film Festival, says: "A2-B-C is an
important message from the mothers from Fukushima to the world: the pains and worries about
their children. The film draws our attention to the high rate of thyroid cancer in children living in
regions contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear accident."
"Ian Thomas helps the people, he makes eye witness reports. His heroes are the parents and
children. A2BC is fantastic and gruesome at the same time.”Comment by Chernobyl Children
Director’s note - I didn’t come to Japan to make a film about Fukushima. Japan is my home, and
after the nuclear meltdown in 2011, I documented what was happening around me. ‘A2-B-C’ is
about the lie that decontamination is possible and about the children living and going to school in
areas contaminated with radiation. But if you leave the film thinking “oh, those poor people over
there in that far away country”, you’ll be missing the point. What happened in Fukushima affects
all of us. It is not over. And it could happen again. http://ianthomasash.blogspot.com.br
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Eternal Tears
Director Kseniya Simonova, Ukraine, 2011,
11min, Animation, no dialogue.
The film was created in sand animation
technique as a tribute to those who died
immediately or was dying a slow death for
years or who today is seriously ill having
received the radiation dose as a child. Chernobyl consequences, we see them today, the
increasing number of cancer patients, especially among children in my country. These are the
children of my peers, peers of Chernobyl catastrophe. Every event of our times and each event
of the past should teach us: The main thing is to remember. http://simonova.tv/en/blog/
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SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Fallout
Director Lawrence Johnston, Producer
Peter Kaufmann (Photo), Australia,
2013, 86 min, Documentary, English
In 1959 Stanley Kramer and Hollywood
landed in Australia to film ON THE
BEACH, adapted from Nevil Shute’s
novel written as a consequence of the
atomic bombings of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. The production was a media
circus, the public thrilled at the sight of Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck, but it ended in acrimony
for Shute and Kramer. Meanwhile the Eisenhower administration, fearing the impact of the reality
of nuclear war on the American people, attempted to obstruct the film's production and discredit
it on release. FALLOUT pays tribute to Shute's cautionary tale for the potential of nuclear disaster,
and the galvanising impact of a terror to which we have now become strangely inured. FALLOUT
not only reveals the untold story of ON THE BEACH but also explores the resonance of both the
novel and the film in the post Fukushima age as Shute’s prophesy becomes eerily prescient once
again...
"Fallout is very interesting because of the history and because the film includes original material
from Hollywood. The film stands out for addressing the nuclear issue from a different angle,
through a book and a fiction film." Uranium Film Festival
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Inheritance
Director Margaret Cox, UK, 2013, 10 min,
documentary, English
“Inheritance” tells the story of the British re-
colonising of Africa, through Lonrho's
resource wars, and the British involvement in
the use of Depleted Uranium in the Iraq war.
The film focuses particular attention on the
metaphorical and literal sickness caused by
the radioactive legacy for example the use of
Depleted Uranium by US and UK forces in the
city of Fallujah, Iraq.
Director’s note - A collation of new material from Heathcote Williams' Anarcho- Pacifist poem
"Royal Babylon: The Criminal Record of the British Monarchy,” “Inheritance” profiles the complex
web of British Royal finances, their dangerous sources, and their damaging consequences.
Focusing on the use of Depleted Uranium, we wanted to add our voice to the protest against the
use of chemical weapons, and support the call for accountability over continued Human Rights
abuses, through environmental contamination.
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SPECIAL RECOGNITION
The Nuclear Boy Scout
Director Bindu Mathur, UK, 2003, 24 min, documentary,
English, Portuguese subtitles
A true story about the teenager David Hahn, who
experimented in his home with radioactive materials.
He found radioactive substances in Supermarkets and
second-hand shops and tried to build a nuclear reactor.
Director‘s note - I found the story of David Hahn in a
magazine article in late 1990 and immediately became
fascinated with their experiences and methods. I went
to meet him and his family and tried to 'sell' the idea for
British television. But only after the 2001 terrorist
attacks in the United States, the story of David and its
easy access to radioactive materials became the subject
of general interest. What if terrorists can - like David - get radioactive materials in their hands and
build a „dirty nuclear bomb“? That's how I won the commission for Channel 4 in the UK in 2003.
I met David once before production and then spent 10 days filming with him. I was impressed by
his intelligence, his creativity and intensity of their efforts. There was something exciting when I
went with him to the market place to find radioactive elements, for example. But he was careless
about the dangers. Later I learned that he had been diagnosed as schizophrenic, and for that
unfortunately, his great intelligence and passion for science have never been grown in a university.
Interesting is that the the son of David Bowie, filmmaker Duncan Jones, was influenced by „The
Nuclear Boy Scout“ when he directed the 2011 produced French–American science fiction techno-
thriller „Source Code“ and created the character of a terrorist making „dirty bombs“.
"The Nuclear Boy Scout is an important warning about the eminent dangers of easy access of
radioactive elements in our daily lives." Uranium Film Festival
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Wake Up
Director David Bradbury, Australia,
2011, 12 min, documentary, English
Wake up is a must-see short movie
about uranium mining in Australia. The
film is presented by famous Australian
actor Tony Barry (Photo). He was born in
Queensland in 1941 and has performed
in 56 feature films and 45 television
series, across a four-decade career.
"Everything you need to know about uranium mining in 12 minutes. Wake up is consistent and
well done. It perfectly serves its purpose of alerting." Uranium Film Festival
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SPECIAL RECOGNITION
The Cloud Has Passed Over Us
(Üstümüzden Geçti Bulut)
Director Ya!ar Arif Karagülle, Turkey, 2012, 15
min, Fiction, English subtitles
In April 1986 happened the Chernobyl
nuclear accident. Radioactive clouds reached
the north of Turkey. The young Cengiz, who
comes back to the place that he was born,
has to face his father's memory, his own past,
and uncertain future in the wake of
Chernobyl. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/42741279
"The Cloud Has Passed Over Us is a film of great sensibility to a problem that is not yet being
realized to the general public. A nuclear accident is a universal and borderless problem", Marcia
Gomes de Oliveira, Uranium Film Festival.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Nuclear Winter
Directors: Megan Taite, Jefferson
Tolentino, Erwin Bonifacio, Robert Mullally,
Shane Donohue, Jack Travers e Eimhin
McNamara (director supervisor), Ireland,
2012, 5 min, Animation, no dialogue.
http://www.pureproject.ie/what-we-do/
pure-animation-movies/
“A ship dumps its cargo of nuclear waste
in the Arctic, stirring something strange up
from from the depths...” An animated film
about the unnatural affects nuclear waste might have on our environment. A short film created by
students (aged 14-17 years old): Megan Taite, Jefferson Tolentino, Erwin Bonifacio, Robert Mullally,
Shane Donohue and Jack Travers during the PURE Animation Environmental Film School, which
was hosted by Eimhin McNamara in Co-Operation with the PURE Project and took place in April,
2012, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland.
"Nuclear Winter is a nice animated film made by young students. As one of our tasks the Uranium
Film Festival wants to stimulate the production of new films about nuclear issues and the
involvement of young people. And Nuclear Winter is a good example for others to follow."
Uranium Film Festival
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THE YELLOW OSCAR

The best or most important
films receive the festival's
award, the "Yellow Oscar".
The award is a piece of art
produced by Waste-
Material-Artist Getúlio
Damado, who lives and
works in the famous artist
quarter Santa Teresa in Rio
de Janeiro. In contrast to
the "Hollywood Oscar", the
International Uranium Film
Festival Award is not of Gold.
Getúlio Damado make his "Yellow Oscars" from waste material, that he finds in the streets of
Santa Teresa. (Photo shows the "Final Picture" film team with the Yellow Oscar)
FESTIVAL TRAILER 2014
Produced by Leo Ribeiro,
Brazilian filmmaker of animated films,
with several award winning short films.
www.leoribeiroanima.blogspot.com
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/93590914
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
About one year before the Fukushima
reactor exploded, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) was founded in 2010 in
Santa Teresa, the famous artist quarter in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It is the first festival of its
kind that addresses all nuclear and radioactive issues. The aim is to inform about nuclear power,
uranium mining, nuclear weapons and the risks of radioactivity. Independent documentaries and
movies are the best tool to bring that information to a diverse international public. And a festival is
the best way to bring the films to the people! The horror of atomic bombs and those who suffered
from them, and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl should never be forgotten -
nor repeated. Then the nuclear accident in Fukushima happened just two months before the first
edition of the International Uranium Film Festival in May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro.
Uranium mining, fracking, nuclear accidents, atomic bomb factories, nuclear waste: No matter if
you are in favour or against the use of nuclear power, all people should be informed about the
risks. The International Uranium Film Festivals creates a neutral space to throw light on all nuclear
issues. It stimulates new productions, supports "nuclear" filmmaking and the discussion about the
nuclear question in Brazil and worldwide.
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Screening location: Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM)
Av Infante Dom Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo
FESTIVAL TEAM 2014
Marcia Gomes de Oliveira
Executive Director, born in1970 in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, Social Scientist, Documentary Filmmaker
Norbert G. Suchanek
General Director, born in 1963 in Wuerzburg,
Germany, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker,
Correspondent in Rio de Janeiro
Shri Prakash
Director Uranium Film Festival South-Asia,
born on in 1966 in Ranchi, India,
Filmmaker & Activist
Students of the FEATEC School Adolpho Bloch
FESTIVAL CONTACT
OFFICE AND FILM ENTRY ADDRESS
International Uranium Film Festival
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301
Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro / RJ
CEP 20240-190 / Brazil
www.uraniofestival.org
www.uraniumfilmfestival.org
Email: info@uraniumfilmfestival.org
PHONE: (0055) (21) 2507 6704
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